By Christopher Hibbert
A bestseller, it is a highly-praised and much-needed biography of the 1st Duke of Wellington, targeting the private lifetime of the victor of Waterloo, and according to the culmination of recent examine. Christopher Hibbert is Britain’s prime renowned historian.
Wellington (1769–1852) accomplished reputation as a soldier battling the Mahratta in India. His later excellent generalship scuffling with the French in Spain and his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo earned him a dukedom and the award of Apsley residence (No. 1, London) and a wide property in Hampshire.
His moment profession observed him make his mark as a political candidate with commanding presence. Appointed Commander-in-Chief for all times, he turned leading Minister in 1827 and presided over the emancipation of Roman Catholics and the formation of the country’s first police force.
Privately, he was once unhappily married, and had a number of mistresses (including of Napoleon’s) and plenty of intimate friendships with ladies. the non-public part of the general public guy hasn't ever been so richly delineated as during this masterly biography.